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Greece: Worrying legal developments for asylum-seekers and NGOs

, Index number: EUR 25/2259/2020

In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the Greek Government announced a draft legislative proposal amending various areas of the Greek legislation on international protection, returns and other areas of migration, and adopted a Ministerial Decision to regulate the operation of Greek as well as foreign NGOs through rules on the registration of NGOs and members. Amnesty International is seriously concerned that both measures have the potential to negatively impact the rights of asylum-seekers and migrants and the operation of NGOs members across Greece, with especially serious consequences in view of the state of prevailing uncertainty and disruption caused by Covid-19.

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